The artist in his studio in Brussels.
"Le Maharadja" 1st Prize for Painting at the International Portrait Fair .
Emmanuel Beyens is a figurative painter specialized in the art of portraiture established in Brussels.
His first artistic experience dates back to when he was 12 years old when he took a drawing course for the first time in his life at the French school in Rio de Janeiro. At the end of the lesson, the teacher gave the students an assignment to do at home: draw a self-portrait. Full of enthusiasm, he applied himself the best he could. For once homework was fun! A week later, when the homework was handed in by the teacher, all the students were between 10/20 and 18/20, except Emmanuel Beyens. He had received a 0/20! "But why?" he rebelled. "Because a boy your age couldn't have drawn that! It's necessarily an adult who painted your portrait!" replied the teacher. The budding artist never had the time to demonstrate to his teacher that he was the author of the drawing because shortly after this event he changed country and school. Subsequently, he improved his drawing skills by making caricatures of his teachers; it was his way of rebelling against the education system imposed on him. He switched to painting when his mother gave him a box of gouache when he was twenty two years old. She told him: "Take it and do what you want with it, I don't use it anymore." To thank her, he painted a portrait of his father for her. Since then, Emmanuel Beyens has not let go of his brushes. To train as a portrait painter, he attended an academy in Brussels, then advanced courses at the Vlamish Classical Atelier in Bruges and at the Florence Academy of Art. In 2011, Emmanuel Beyens won the 1st Prize for Painting at the Salon International du Portrait with his painting "Le Maharadja".
His interest in portraiture never left him. Favoring oil painting, he painted in the manner of portrait painters of the 19th century. An Italian general, a Belgian princess or a Lebanese heiress, each portrait aims to capture the true personality of the subject. Visit the portrait gallery .
April 2019: Art Nou Milleni Gallery , Barcelona. (Personal exhibition)
March 2019: Barcelona Spring Art Show , Barcelona
November 2017: Balthasar , Brussels. (Personal exhibition)
October 2017: ANRB Artist Fair , Brussels
October 2016: Espronceda Center for Art and Culture , Barcelona. (Personal exhibition)
March 2015: Art Shopping Woluwe , Brussels
December 2014: TAG Gallery Brussels . Exhibition "@Conversation" in collaboration with Fabian Vogler and Savina Tarsitano, Brussels.
June 2014: Edelman Communication , Brussels
May 2014: Banque Montepaschi , Brussels. (Personal exhibition)
October 2010: Art Shopping Fair at the Carrousel du Louvre , Paris